Russian President Vladimir Putin boasts his nuclear weapons are DECADES more advanced than his rivals

His claims comes after the Sun online revealed how Russia was already developing an "unstoppable" intercontinental ballistic missile which cannot be intercepted by any anti-missile system on earth.

The newly developed hypersonic rocket with – which reportedly has an "unlimited range" – is now among others being readied for battle by the Kremlin.

They include a nuclear-powered cruise missile and a nuclear-powered underwater drone -which can spark 300ft tsunamis.

“A number of our weapons systems are years, and, perhaps, decades ahead of foreign analogs,” Putin told young military officers who gathered in an ornate Kremlin hall on Thursday.



“Modern weapons contribute to a multifold increase in the Russian military potential.”

The tough statement comes as Putin is preparing for a summit with US President Donald Trump set for July 16 in Helsinki, Finland.

Russia-US relations have plunged to post-Cold War lows over the war in Syria, allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and differences over nuclear arms control issues.

“We have achieved a real breakthrough thanks to the colossal efforts by science and design bureaus and industries, a real feat by workers, engineers and scientists,” claimed Putin.

The Russian leader singled out the new Avangard hypersonic vehicle and the new Sarmat ICBM, which are both set to enter service in the next few years.


Putin also mentioned the Kinzhal hypersonic missile that has already been put on duty with the units of Russia’s Southern Military District.

Putin said the Avangard has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at a speed 20 times the speed of sound.

The Russian leader added that the weapon can change both its course and its altitude en-route to a target, making it “absolutely invulnerable to any air or missile defence means.”

He said Avangard has been designed using new composite materials to withstand temperatures of up to 2,000 Celsius resulting from a flight through the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds.


 

The Sarmat is intended to one day replace the Soviet-designed Voyevoda, the world’s heaviest ICBM, which is known as “Satan” in the West and which carries 10 nuclear warheads.

Putin said Sarmat weighs 200 metric tons and has a higher range than Satan, allowing it to fly over the North or the South Poles and strike targets anywhere in the world.

He noted that Sarmat also carries a bigger number of nuclear warheads, which are more powerful than the ones on the Satan.



 

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